Tihar travels to Earth to find and claim a Jones’ female. He knows they are fearless, psychic warriors and talented in bed sport. Ten minutes after meeting Sarah, Tihar knows the feisty, little human is the one he has been searching for. Now he must convince Sarah, she’s meant to be his.
The first-time Sarah sees Tihar, she’s a bit freaked out. The Askole warrior has tentacles, snakelike features and black armored-plated skin. Even weirder she finds him strangely attractive. Tihar’s torso is sculpted perfection and his black scales are kind of sexy. Who knew challenging Tihar to combat would start the Askole mating dance. He thinks Earth girls are easy and he’s about to learn messing with a Jones female is never a good idea.
As the two grow closer, their romance comes to a screeching halt when Askole rebels attack Tihar’s home world. He tells Sarah she is his heart’s destiny and he will love her to the end of time. He abruptly severs their mental bond and disappears. Reeling from shock, Sarah won’t let a galactic war stop her from hunting him down. Can the two of them find their way back into each other’s arms?
From the other books in this series, I had a pretty good idea what an Askhole looked like. I was excited that I got a better look at these aliens that Sarah described as medieval knights with their armor on, and with their armor off, dark, scaled, and yummy with tentacles. The author’s note explains that the first half of this story is a prequel to Vexing Voss and the last half jumps forward three years. I really enjoyed the first half because I was shown what happened to the Jones family when the Coletti warriors took over Earth. Characters that I vaguely knew from previous books, such as Aunt Tess, were more prominent in this volume. I was not surprised when the Jones family as a collective gave everybody hell.
Of the thirty-five Jones family members, Sarah was the first to arrive at the Coletti command central in Arizona. And she was adamant that there would be no aliens smooches for her.
“They were batshit crazy if they thought I would hook up with an alien.”
But on one of her many escape attempts she crosses paths with the Askole Tihar who was looking for a Jones woman to be his mate. His greeting to Sarah was quite comical and had me mouthing OMG. Tihar is a good friend to Kaylee and son of the Askole commander. The Coletti overlord had promised him one of the Jones for his mate. He wasn’t going to wait for the overlord to parcel out the girls and came to make his own choice. Without permission that would cause all kinds of trouble, Tihar stung Sarah. He was quite sneaky and impatient.
I loved that Sarah sometimes made things up as she went along, improvising when needed. The Coletti and Askole alpha males had a hard time looking at the Jones women and being afraid… In the beginning that is. Sarah struggled with this because she was an accomplished fighter pilot with some serious skills and when the guys scoffed she always found a way to give them a what for, accompanied by her evil laugh, “Mwah-hah-hah!” I have to say that at first, I was like, what the hell? How was that scary?
There are so many things that I loved about this story, besides the humor. The book had a wealth of one-liners. “An exceptional weapon was almost as good as chocolate.” I really liked that Tess was fifty-one and that Bru carried around a cattleprod. Detja grew on me. The whole series I wasn’t sure that I liked her very much at all. But here we get to see her as more than a hard a$$ matriarch, getting in trouble with the Joneses. Musa, the baby dragon and the Tabor, Keekee (sentient spiders) were adorable. When things turned upside down I was hot around the collar on Sarah’s behalf. I loved being able to see the Jones come together, both men and women, to support Sarah. I also loved seeing the overlord relent a bit, and Sarah was able to put her skills to use for the Coletti. The book was over much too quickly for my taste. I didn’t want the story to come to an end. This series is definitely on my all time favorites list. Each story in the series is better than the one that came before. I love the world even if all the males have to be taught a lesson. LOL! Highly recommended.